Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jan 2007 23:34 UTC
Windows As part of his keynote address on Sunday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Gates showed off Windows Home Server (more info at Ars) - a consumer device to serve as a central storage place for digital photos, music and other media. The first products are due out later this year from HP and others. The goal is to get devices that can cost less than USD 500. In the first of a two-part interview, Microsoft's chairman talks about why the average person wants a server, why they won't need a degree in computer science to run it and what hurdles remain before consumers reach the true digital home.
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by mallard on Mon 8th Jan 2007 23:47 UTC
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It seems to me that there is very little market for Windows "Home Server".
The people who would benefit from and would want such a thing are mainly computer "enthusiasts" and are almost certianly computer literate enough to buy an older PC off eBay, install a large hard drive in it and set up either the version of Windows it is invetably already licenced with or Linux as a file server.
It's not exactly hard in either case.

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RE: Market?
by n4cer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:02 in reply to "Market?"
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Anyone that has digital media or documents and wants to ensure they won't lose them due to a harddrive failure, tampering, mistaken deletion, etc., would benefit from a home server. It's largely a set-it-and-forget-it appliance that can provide a central location for your data, guards against data loss, monitors the systems on your network for security/reliability issues, makes it faster and easier to restore your systems, and enables remote access to them.

There's video here:

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RE[2]: Market?
by archiesteel on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:12 in reply to "RE: Market?"
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Anyone that has digital media or documents and wants to ensure they won't lose them due to a harddrive failure[...]

Except of course if the server hard drive fails. ;-)

I guess the ideal solution would be a solid state HD, but with the kind of capacity you need for this type of device it would cost over 1500$!!

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RE[2]: Market?
by Lettherebemorelight on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:20 in reply to "RE: Market?"
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There are a lot of NAS boxes already out there that do this simply by adding your own hard drive. Taking into account the cost of the MS OS and the beefy hardware needed to run it, finding people to fork over that extra cash is going to be a lot more difficult than MS would ever admit to.

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RE[2]: Market?
by mallard on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:32 in reply to "RE: Market?"
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It's not the server itself I don't see the need for, its a special version of Windows for it.

An older (P-III) PC can be bought for ~$50 from eBay, a 400GB HDD for ~$100. Therefore you could easily set up a home server for ~$150.
Such a PC would likely be already licenced for Windows (even Win98 would work well enough) and a suitible Linux distro can be obtained for free.

I contend that the average person has no need or desire for a server, so those who want one will almost certianly have the expertise to set one up.

Why do we need a special version of Windows?

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RE[2]: Market?
by raver31 on Tue 9th Jan 2007 01:52 in reply to "RE: Market?"
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Does that whole idea not negate the actual reason for having digital rights management in the first place ?

I for one dont want people like you copying my new movie/new song/new novel onto a server anywhere !

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RE[2]: Market?
by Rayz on Tue 9th Jan 2007 09:01 in reply to "RE: Market?"
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I have a question, dunno if you can answer it or not.

The autobackup is a nice feature, but doesn't that mean leaving all the machines on all the time?

Same with the remote desktop function. When the average user takes his family, on holiday, he doesn't want to leave the other machines in the house switched on, just so that they can remote desktop in.

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RE: Market?
by Coxy on Tue 9th Jan 2007 10:56 in reply to "Market?"
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I think they must have just been looking at US markets and how Americans live... not everyone lets there kid have a computer when he's three, not everyone wants to play 'games' on a games console or media centre PC with the family all sitting round waiting for their turn. I can see Íkos wanting this - sitting amongst their wooden toys... this will be something for Assis.

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